Development and Progress as Historical Phenomena in Tanzania: “Maendeleo? We Had That in the Past”
Ahearne, R. 2016. Development and Progress as Historical Phenomena in Tanzania: “Maendeleo? We Had That in the Past”. African Studies Review. 59 (1), pp. 77-96.
Academic discussions of development continue to grow, yet critical engagements with communities affected by development interventions remain limited. Drawing from life history interviews conducted in southern Tanzania, this article details the varied experiences of development interventions among older people and how these affect broader understandings of progress. Many juxtapose their negative views of ujamaa villagization with more positive recollections of previous interventions (especially the Groundnut Scheme), which are infused with what is described here as “development nostalgia.” Perceptions of the past clearly inform the social, political, and economic aspirations forwarded today, with the richness of the constructed narratives adding further nuance to existing depictions of Tanzanian historiography.
|Keywords||Tanzania; Mtwara; development; Groundnut Scheme; villagization; ujamaa|
|Journal||African Studies Review|
|Journal citation||59 (1), pp. 77-96|
|Accepted author manuscript|
|Web address (URL)||http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=10266497&fileId=S0002020616000093|
|05 Apr 2016|
|Publication process dates|
|Deposited||13 May 2016|
|Accepted||22 Feb 2016|
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